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Michelle Waterson Clears The Air Following UFC 257 Withdrawal In Jan – MMA Root

Before her big fight against Marina Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 26, Michelle Waterson decided to clear things up regarding pulling out of her last fight.

In January, Michelle Waterson pulled out of her long-awaited showdown with Amanda Ribas. Then, Ribas would face Rodriguez in his place and suffer a stoppage due to strikes. Waterson’s withdrawal marked the first time he had to withdraw from a scheduled fight. In an interview with Oral sessions with Renee Paquette The fighting veteran details why she had to take a step away from the fighting game for a temporary period. In particular, “The Karate Hottie” mentioned that the reason for his absence was related to family.

Four months after the incident and now Michelle Waterson is comfortable sharing that painful chapter of her life with the public. It was clear that the taller strawweight would need time to spend with his family after retiring from UFC 257 pay-per-view. Despite the hardships, Waterson knew he was making the best decision for his family at the time.

“We lost our grandparents, both within a week of each other and it was really difficult for the family,” Waterson told MMA Fighting. “They were really the pillars of the family and for us it was important to be there for the family. To be able to properly cry for them. That is why we decided not to continue the fight.

With a ten-year-old daughter at home, family is the top priority in Michelle Waterson’s life. The 36-year-old UFC mainstay will have a chance to enter the title scene if he can beat Marina Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 26 this weekend.

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